Gen­eral to head Joint Chiefs

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WASHINGTON -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will tap Gen. Mark Mil­ley as his next top mil­i­tary ad­viser, choos­ing a bat­tle-hard­ened com­man­der who has served as chief of the Army for the past three years, U.S. of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

If con­firmed by the Se­nate, Mil­ley would suc­ceed Marine Gen. Joseph Dun­ford as chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dun­ford, a for­mer com­man­der of coali­tion troops in Afghanistan, is ex­pected to serve out his term as Joint Chiefs chair­man, which ends Oct. 1.

Trump is ex­pected to an­nounce his de­ci­sion Satur­day at the an­nual Army­navy foot­ball game in Philadel­phia. De­part­ment spokes­woman Heather Nauert is his pick to re­place Nikki Ha­ley as the next U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions. Trump said Nauert is “very tal­ented, very smart, very quick.” He said he thought she would be “re­spected by all.”

Trump is down­grad­ing the am­bas­sador’s po­si­tion to a sub-cab­i­net-level post.

Nauert thanked Trump and said she was hum­bled at be­ing cho­sen.

“If con­firmed, I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the out­stand­ing job Am­bas­sador Ha­ley has done rep­re­sent­ing your ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” Nauert said.

All this came the same day that Trump’s re-elec­tion cam­paign an­nounced that two vet­er­ans of the pres­i­dent’s 2016 cam­paign, White House po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tor Bill Stepien and Justin Clark, the di­rec­tor of the of­fice of pub­lic li­ai­son, were leav­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion to work on Trump’s re-elec­tion cam­paign.

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